100G Multirate Ethernet MAC

Versal ACAP Technical Reference Manual (AM011)

Document ID
AM011
Release Date
2022-04-26
Revision
1.4 English

The multirate Ethernet MAC (MRMAC) provides high-performance, low latency Ethernet ports supporting a wide range of customization and statistics gathering. Supported configurations are 1 x 100GE, 2 x 50GE, 1 x 40GE, 4 x 25GE, and 4 x 10GE.

The MRMAC supports the following FECs defined and required by IEEE standards:

  • Clause 91 RS(528, 514) KR4 FEC, for 25/50/100GE NRZ support
  • Clause 91 RS(544, 514) KP4 FEC for 50/100GE PAM4 support
  • Clause 74 FEC, for 10/25/40/50GE low-latency support

The MRMAC has a rich set of bypass modes to enable access to FEC-only mode (for custom protocols) and FEC+PCS (for protocol testers).

The MRMAC also supports a new high-precision timestamping feature to enable sub-nanosecond accuracy on IEEE Std 1588 timestamps. This provides hardware support for new IEEE Std 1588-based time-sensitive networks (TSN), as well as the next generation Ethernet-based wireless fronthaul protocol (eCPRI).

The MRMAC controller is described in the Versal Devices Integrated 100G Multirate Ethernet MAC (MRMAC) LogiCORE IP Product Guide (PG314).